Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day Redux

Here are a few of favorite my Mother's Day things, minus the Oprah caché:

1.  The original intent of Mother's Day, a plea for peace:
"Arise then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
"Say firmly: 'We will not have questions decided by irrelevant agencies.  Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage for caresses and applause.  Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy, and patience.  We women of one country will be too tender to those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.  From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own, it says, Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.'"  -- Julia Ward Howe, best known for writing the lyrics to The Battle Hymn of the Republic
2.  This beautiful post written by my pal, A-funk at Motherhood and More, thanking her mom.  Though we might each have different lists, I am sure we can relate (even those who have to dig deep to find the lessons learned and the gifts given).

3.  This website, Parents Shouldn't Text, devoted entirely to the hilarious, and often times unintentionally inappropriate, things parents text their kids.  I like to think I am mature enough not to laugh at all the times a parent accidentally sexts their teen or adult child instead of their spouse, but I'm not.  I'm really not.

4.  This:

breakfast in bed yesterday morning

And these:

cards from the kids yesterday morning

And, of course, this:

Mother's Day morning at the Chicago Conservatory
5.  This information regarding Mother's Day in Haiti from the website Haitian Treasures:
"Mothers’ [sic] Day is celebrated in Haiti on the last Sunday of May. On that day, Haitians honor their mothers by wearing a red flower if the mothers are alive and a white or purple one if they are dead."
My two eldest children will be wearing white or purple flowers on the last Sunday of the month.  So...

6.  Birthmothers.  Rhubarb and Eggplant's birthmother, a tiny, courageous, loving, brave woman, trudged through muck and mud several times a day for many months to nurse Eggplant so that he would be healthy enough for another family to adopt him and his big sister.  She gave me the two greatest gifts anyone could ever offer.  And I am eternally grateful to her for her sacrifice.

7.  The organization Mothers Acting Up.  From their website,
"MAU’s mission is to mobilize mothers* to act on behalf of the world’s children. MAU provides inspiration, education and tools to take action; you provide passion and commitment. The official MAU Vision statement is (feel free to quote, tweet, or needle point on sofa cushions): We work to create a world that prioritizes and protects the lives of the world’s children. By mobilizing our gigantic political and economic strength we can ensure the health, education and safety of every child, not just a privileged few. Let us: whisper this to each other, sing it out in the streets, yell it from our rooftops, and declare it in our houses of government: we will protect our children with our personal and political strength, wherever they live on earth!" *mothers and others who advocate on behalf of the world's children 
8.  The campaign Every Mother Counts.  From their website,
"Every Mother Counts is an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal and child health."
I especially appreciate their dedication to lowering both infant and maternal mortality world-wide.

9.  Finally, this:

That is my son, encouraging and helping along his little sister after she fell twice on our Mother's Day afternoon bike ride.   Truly, THAT was the best Mother's Day gift of all.

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